Alessandra Stanley
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For 468 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alessandra Stanley's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 2
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 468
468 tv reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The filmmaking is at times derivative and heavy-handed, and the score is unrelenting and unbearable: an electronic thumpa-thumpa pounding that sounds like music to inject blood boosters by.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The movie’s premise--a secretary who feigns pregnancy to avoid being fired--isn’t terrible and neither is Ms. Lohan. Mostly because of how her part was written, it takes too long for Ms. Lohan to shed her Hollywood reputation and wan, stilted demeanor and get into the role.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Defying Gravity, about four men and four women sent into orbit with entangled romantic pasts and removable libido-suppressing devices, has high-tech props and a spooky sci-fi mystery, but it is layered in feminine concerns and the mawkishly sentimental pop music that frames plot points on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice.”
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Both shows ["About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher"] are well written and actually quite engaging, but what is most interesting is the focus on the brighter side of splitting up. It’s a new genre of heartwarming family show.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Prime-time game shows like “1 vs 100,” which begins tonight on NBC, are not a test of a contestant’s erudition or nerve; they are aspirational reality shows that allow ordinary Joes to go for it all in the hope of transforming their lives.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    It is instructive to observe how working woman's guilt plays out in a postfeminist era when having it all is considered a privilege, not a right.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Johnson is surprisingly deft, and even at times poignant, in the part. Even when the plot and other characters turn cartoonish, he manages to strike a deeper chord.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    CBS, which had promoted the show as almost exactly that ["Lord of the Flies" for voyeurs], backed down, explaining that Kid Nation was really more of a 40-day character-building exercise, like Outward Bound, but with camera crews and off-camera supervisors. And of course, it turned out to be a little of both, but mostly neither.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    John Adams is the weakest part of John Adams.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The first episode of “Traveler” is well made and quite gripping.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The pacing is occasionally so slow and deliberate that it may test some viewers’ patience, but the series takes its time because the real mystery is Wallander and his uneasy inner life.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The real pleasure lies in the adjustment problems of a seemingly normal suburban family leading a terrifying secret life.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It's a sleek, glossy, musically enhanced soap opera centered on wealthy, gorgeous high school students who connive and cavort to the sound of Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Peter Bjorn and John, Angels & Airwaves, and Timbaland.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Walker is an appealing actress with a strong presence, but in the pilot, at least, her character isn't as well formed or well written as other tough-talking television dames.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    It wasn’t a singalong or a sacrilege or a slavish, shameless remake. It was a live performance of a legendary musical that felt muted and a little sad.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s an action drama about a cop leading a double life and is itself torn in two directions: aspiring to the latitude and sophistication of cable, but still hamstrung by conventional notions of character development, exposition and taste.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Plain Jane is more than shopping spree and vocabulary builder; it betrays a cockamamie respect for the therapeutic process, and it shouldn't be giving too much away to tell you that the snails lose, that the plain Janes blossom, and that no stimulus money has been wasted along the way.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The insipid pop music that cues emotional moments is annoying, but the writing isn't. And the characters are more interesting than their headshots would suggest.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    An unsparing, and at times hyperbolic, portrait of bureaucratic turf wars, buck passing and complacency.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Greer and Mr. Faxon are talented comedians, but the writing isn’t quite up to their abilities.... The show improves when Russ leaves the house and hangs out with his bitter, profane best friends.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    The characters and mishaps on The Goldbergs are predicable, and the writing isn’t clever enough to overcome clichés.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Rivers is, even in this silly imposture, very funny, making jokes and playing the role of doting grandmother and interfering mother self-mockingly.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Women’s Murder Club is all right, but not good enough.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Wyatt's story falls together a little too neatly.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    As is so often the case, the premiere episode tries too hard and isn’t as funny as it could be. The writing loosens up later on, and has some charm.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The story lines and characters are layered and more intricate than in most detective series.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    At least in the early stages, the series is quite entertaining. But over all, the mini-series suffers from defensive storytelling; it's a narrative driven in splintered directions less by inspiration than by avoidance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Alessandra Stanley
    Hellcats is basically a soft-porn music video for teenagers.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Rosemary’s Baby bends to current fashions, and, accordingly, is more straightforward and much gorier than the original film. But partly because the story has been so altered, it still has mystery and suspense.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Stone brings a more stentorian absolutism, leaving no room for doubt or nuance.

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